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Scruffy away kit booted out in Hillingdon

A Hillingdon football team has welcomed a sports grant to buy their first away kit.

From News & press - 8 September 2021 12:00 AM

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A Hillingdon football team has welcomed a sports grant to buy their first away kit.

Coach and player at The Vine Football Club, Ben Chadband, applied to his employer, UK Power Networks Services, for a Team Sport Award and secured £250 for the team’s new turquoise away shirts.

Ben, who works as a technician for the energy infrastructure company at Heathrow Airport, said: “Having new kit gives the team a bit of extra motivation. Everyone chose the kit and it makes them feel proud to play for their team, rather than feeling scruffy.

“We used the money to buy our kit because last year we didn’t have an away kit and had to wear bibs. Nobody wants to wear a bib and now we have kit for every player, which looks more professional. The funding helps a lot because it reduces the costs for the players.”

A group of friends formed the team in 2019. The team train Tuesdays and play home matches Sundays at Brunel University Sports Park in Hillingdon in the Middlesex FA Intermediate Cup. They lost just one game in their first season and they decided to continue playing.

The team recently played in a cup final against Grenfell Athletic Football Club and won the match on penalties.

The Team Sport Award scheme is run by UK Power Networks to encourage staff to volunteer in the community and is aimed at promoting healthy living, teamwork and developing sports opportunities. During 2020, more than 60 local sports teams connected to staff benefitted from a share in £15,500.